When is the time for a new camera?

September 07, 2018  •  1 Comment

When do you make the choice to purchase a new camera?

Because as I mentioned in a previous column here at CJPPhotoNews about the merging of photography and technology the time you can go without upgrading may be shrinking. Yes. You can keep using old digital cameras and still get reliable imagery.  You also have to consider shutter count.  As far as I’ve been able to decipher one hundred thousand shutter counts is considered max for a digital camera.  There are programs/apps available for see what your individual camera has for shutter counts:
Shutter Count Apps 



I've upgraded twice times since moving to digital. Once from a Canon PowerShot G2 to a Canon 20D and a second time from the 20D to the 40D. My 40D still performs and I'm still happy with the camera. I plan on holding onto it until I ABSOLUTELY need to replace it, when something catastrophic happens to it. As long as I can continue to use the camera in its current state I plan on using it. The old saying:

If it ain't broke, don't fix it holds true in this case. 



With the advent of new technology in the mirrorless camera, another hurdle has been placed in front of buyers. If you're considering moving from a standard camera to mirrorless what of the lenses that you own? And is this the right time to jump on the mirrorless train?  While I'm usually an early adopter, in this case I'd be more cautious. 



What of someone making their first purchase?  Do you go the early adopter route and purchase a mirrorless camera or stay safe and go with a DSLR?  Since today's column is ostensibly about upgrading I will stick with that topic. I have another column that discusses mirrorless vs DSLRs



When do you decide it's time to move onto a better camera?  Do you wait until catastrophe occurs? Or do you leap before?   I suppose that depends on how you determine your photography level.  Do you depend on your camera for your livelihood?  Is it your main tool?  If so, then that will play a role in your decision.  If you’re a photographer who needs their camera to make your living, a wedding photographer, a sports photographer, then you should already own multiple camera bodies.  You may also want to consider upgrading at a more frequent level.



If you’re a photographer who doesn’t necessarily rely on your camera for your livelihood, you MAY be able to put off upgrading until it IS ABSOLUTELY crucial.  The thing you don’t want to happen, regardless of what type of photographer you think you are, is to be out with your ONLY camera and have it malfunction.  That WOULD BE catastrophic.  That’s why it’s important to keep track of your shutter count by using one of the shutter count apps I highlighted above.



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.


As an addendum
For those close to Madison, I have two photography exhibits and sales.

One at
Willoughbys Coffee and Tea
752 Boston Post RD
Madison, CT 06443


The second one at:
The Scranton Library

801 Boston Post RD
Madison, CT 06443





Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA(non-registered)
I was one of the first to add a digital camera to my arsenal. But, it was relatively easy since I went from the top of the line Minolta SLR to it's then top of the line DSLR (Maxxum 7D). But, then, Minolta became KonicaMinolta and then Sony...
And, my lenses are really 30 to 40 years old.
This next move will be expensive.
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